Who are we?
The Catlin Historical Society is a registered not-for-profit organization, incorporated "...for the exclusive educational purpose of collecting and preserving any and all types of historical material connected with the history of the Catlin, Illinois, community and its environment and to make this material available to the general public by operating an historical museum displaying such materials..." (from the Articles of Incorporation)
Front of the Catlin Heritage Museum. (Photo taken August 1, 2004.)
The Catlin Historical Society was founded in 1988 followed by the purchase of the second oldest house in Catlin to be used as a museum. This museum looks today very close to how it looked in the early 1800s.
Catlin Historical Society is registered as a 501 (c) (3) Not-For-Profit Organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax deductible.
The society has made great strides towards the goal to preserve our Catlin history. The procurement of the Amos Wooden house, now the Catlin Heritage Museum, and the conversion of the garage to our office Annex have been wonderful additions to our community.
Major inside restoration include the rebuilding of the fireplace, replastering of walls, restoring the floors in the kitchen and converting an upstairs bedroom to our archive room.
Outside the chimney tops were rebuilt, a new shake shingle roof was installed, paint was removed from the brick exterior, the bricks were tuckpointed and wooden walkways were completed.
The Catlin Lions Club Veterans Memorial was built on the museum grounds and dedicated July 28, 2002. A salute to our deserving Veterans.
In 1999, the society purchased another small home in Catlin. Within the walls of this home was an 1830s log cabin. A current society project is to move this cabin to the shelter of a new building on the grounds of the museum.
Throughout the years, many social functions and informative programs have been held to encourage the learning and exchange of knowledge about our rich Catlin history.
A $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating Catlin High senior.
All of these projects, programs and work efforts show what a great community we have to preserve.